The (Unexpected) Problems With FEMA Camps (video)

I’d suggest there are many potential problems with FEMA camps but some of these are new (and unexpected) to me; FYI, there’s some swearing involved so cover up little ears if need be. Of course, I couldn’t agree more with his statements that “FEMA camps aren’t a plan!” You really do need to make plans to care for yourself and your family now, while you still can do so…

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Ziploc Bag First Aid Kit (link)

There’s no reason to get fancy with a first aid kit, a ziploc bag kit works just fine and, like the author says, has some advantages too.

Regarding the contents, I’d say he has the basics covered though I may have tossed in a few more OTC meds, such as Benadryl and perhaps something like Diotame (for things like diarrhea, nausea, indigestion) since they take up very little space. A pair of non-latex gloves would be good to include as well and also take up minimal space.

The beauty of a quick “grab and go” first aid kit like this is that it can be easily tailored to your specific situation, so if you need to include something more specific like prescription meds then you can do that no problem and then just remove them at the end of the day…

“I keep a ‘do-it-yourself’ First Aid Kit in a quart size Ziploc bag to fit nicely into any number of my various ‘bags’ (backpack, my Versipack’s, etc..).

Why do I do keep a First Aid Kit in a Ziploc?

While

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Backwoods Fire Starting Tricks (video)

Some good ideas on better utilizing your knife for fire starting purposes (he prefers a ) from one of the best outdoors expert on the Net…

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Posted in Bug Out / Wilderness, Camping / Fire

A Knock At The Door, What Should You Do? (link)

This is a good question, isn’t it? And one that few people expect to deal with but, sadly, it’s a potentially scary circumstance all American’s may face in their lifetime. Granted, the potential “threat” could be nothing at all but, then again, it could be your worst nightmare. What would you do? Here’s some thoughts from a law enforcement officer…

“A couple of years ago, when my mother still lived alone and before it became evident that her dementia was worsening, I took my wife and two daughters for an overnight visit. She lived about four hours from where we do and we often planned visits that allowed us to spend two days or more with her.

My mother liked to sleep on the couch in the living room. She had what some might consider an irrational fear of sleeping upstairs in the event that she had to get out of the house quickly or confront a situation in the middle of the night that might go unnoticed if she was sleeping on another floor

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Affordable Thermal Vision Option (video)

Southernprepper1 talks about night vision as a combat force multiplier but, like he says, it can get really expensive! Here’s a lesser expensive option, the …

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Being Prepared Isn’t About NOT Dying!

Recently, I had a brief conversation (as I sometimes do) with a few folks about why I prepare and why I bother spend so much time and money on it. Rather quickly, someone said it was because I “didn’t want to die” or something like that and, while true, I suggested preparing isn’t about THAT.

Honestly, very few Americans actually die from disaster. We’re talking in the hundreds (and occasionally thousands) per year. Here’s a list of disasters by death toll, if interested. (The biggest in recent history was 9/11 by the way, though Hurricane Katrina was a close second.)

In my opinion, being prepared isn’t about not dying. It is, however, about one thing: having OPTIONS!

It’s simple math, really. Having nothing to rely upon and no plans to deal with disasters means you’re more likely going to be forced into a bad situation, one that you probably do not want to be in.

Having No Supplies Means…

If you have no supplies or gear to rely upon then it means you’re forced

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Vacuuming Without Electricity (video)

I’m sure many people say “who cares” if you can’t vacuum your carpets during SHTF? I mean, REALLY!? Odds are you’ve got more pressing problems to worry about than dirty carpets. But, remember that dirt brings disease and the cleaner you can keep yourself and your home the less likely it is that you or a family member will get sick… plus it will give the kids something to do when their video games don’t work, lol.

I’d also suggest that this is a great reason to put in hardwood, laminate, or tile floors where possible. If you can’t afford to do so then either limit access to carpeted rooms where possible or add this to your preps…

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Posted in Hygiene / Sanitation

7 Rainwater Harvesting Mistakes And How To Fix Them (link)

If you haven’t started rainwater harvesting because you’re afraid to get it wrong these seven suggestions will help you for sure! The author talks about saving money, getting the flow right, keeping the bugs out, and more.

Finally, I couldn’t agree more with his rationality for choosing to collect rainwater, after all, water is among the most critical needs we have and is, in my opinion, among the most overlooked of resources most folks do nothing about until it’s too late…

“Harvesting rain water should be a priority for any serious prepper or gardener.

Did you ever go on a long hike, then find yourself parched with thirst? The need for water catches up with you quickly.

If the city water or your well shut down for a week, would you be able to survive or would your house become unlivable? Stockpiling guns, gold and food is a good idea – but having a way to hold on to water is of paramount importance.

Fortunately – in most climates – God gives us

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The Ultimate DIY Survival Blanket (video)

This is a long video but quite interesting nonetheless. Unfortunately, it takes a lot of effort to make this particular blanket but doing so could be very useful to you for a bug out or for general backpacking use.

You can skip to about the 8:15 mark to get to the heart of the blanket idea, though he does cover some of the details of the blanket and bag that he made for it in the beginning of the video if interested. Last at about the 15:20 mark he heads out into the woods and begins to demo his ultimate survival blanket in a handful of different ways which I found quite interesting as well…

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Posted in Bug Out / Wilderness, Warmth / Shelter / Cooling

The Best (Leatherman) Multi Tool? (video)

He discusses several Leatherman multi tools and seems to prefer the . Personally, I like the (his second choice) but, to be honest, they’re all useful in certain situations and, so, it’s really up to you which one to go with. That said, he briefly discusses the differences between the various popular models so you can better choose which would be best for you…

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